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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Writers Present Series

Kelly Light - Louise Loves Art - MVTV Storytime Theater

Wednesday, March 11 at 4:00 p.m.
Storytime Room at Mission Viejo Library
100 Civic Center, Mission Viejo
Televised storytime theater presented by Mission Viejo Television
Presentation, Q&A, Book Sales and Signing
 Kelly Light

Kelly Light Louise Loves Art Book CoverChildren’s book author and illustrator Kelly Light will delight folks of all ages when she presents her new book “Louise Loves Art” during a televised storytime theater in Mission Viejo.

Kelly is a talented writer and illustrator who has captured the hearts of young and old with her picture book “Louise Loves Art” geared to children ages 4-8. The book centers on the character who loves art more than anything. She also loves Art, her little brother. “Louise Loves Art” is a celebration of the brilliant artist who resides in us all.

Audience members will have the chance to be a part of the televised storytime, meet the author, buy her book and have it signed.

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe.

To make a reservation, call the Children's Desk at 949-830-7100, ext. 5107 or email


Jon Scieszka - Frank Einstein Series

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m.
Mission Viejo City Hall
200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo
Presentation, Q&A, Book Sales and Signing
 Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka Frank Einstein Book Cover 2Middle-graders are encouraged to sport their best "mad scientist" costume and join entertaining author Jon Scieszka for a fun-filled presentation about his two most recent books in the Frank Einstein series – “Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor” and “Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger.”

Jon Scieszka Frank Enstein Book Cover 1Best known for his picture books, Scieszka has sold more than 11 million books including "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales”; “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs”; and most recently "Battle Bunny" with Mac Barnett. Over the course of six books in his Frank Einstein series, Scieszka, a former teacher, takes middle-graders "from matter to energy to humans to life to earth and on through the universe from the smallest to the largest objects." The character of Frank Einstein – kid genius, scientist and inventor – loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination and definitely unusual.

Scieszka is also a nationally recognized reading advocate and the founder of “Guys Read” – a web-based literacy program for boys. In 2008, he was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Librarian of Congress. His Time Warp Trio series, which teaches kids history, has been adapted into a television show.

Kids can take part in the mad scientist costume contest for the chance to win a prize and have fun.

This free author event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library and A Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe. 

Books will be available for purchase at the event and buying books during Writers Present is a great way for the public to support the author programs and keep them free. Books purchased onsite will receive priority book signing.  

To reserve a seat, call the Children's Desk at 949-830-7100, ext. 5107 or email

2nd Annual Books are Better Shared

Sunday, May 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
Norman P. Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo

Cost is $35 and includes lunch.
 Books are Better Shared

Books are Better Shared is a social and literary gathering of book readers and about 15 noted authors including New York Times bestselling author Lori Lansens; Sophie Littlefield, who pens women's fiction, crime fiction and young adult novels; and Andrew Roe, author of "The Miracle Girl."     

Guests spend the day with book club leaders and authors who will help them explore exciting new ways to share books and give them the tools necessary to pick the perfect books.  The event also gives folks the chance to meet with and learn from publisher representatives who will share books they think will generate great book group discussions. 

The event is a collaboration between Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore and the Mission Viejo Library.    

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Cost is $35 and includes lunch.  

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